Former NHL forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond retires

15 March 2010: New Jersey Devils right wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (22) trades punches with Boston Bruins left wing Shawn Thornton (22) during the Devils 3-2 win over the Bruins at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
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Former NHL left-winger Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond has officially hung up his skates for good. Upon calling it a career over the weekend, Leblond formally announced his retirement from professional hockey with a series of tweets.

“Hanging them up friends! I’m gonna go ahead and NOT thank anyone…..12 years of Pro hockey in 12 diff cities I’m scared I would forget someone..lol If you feel like I should thank you, I probably should 😉 so please reach out and share memories anytime! It’s was a great ride, THANKS EVERYONE!”

The 32-year-old forward was originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the seventh round of the 2004 NHL Draft out of Quebec, Canada. Spending three seasons in New Jersey between 2008-09 and 2010-11, he then spent time with both the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins as well. For his NHL career as a whole, Leblond appeared in 41 regular-season games en route to producing three points, all of which were assists.

“Thanks again and know that today is not a sad day but a wonderful ending to a great journey,” he continued. “THANKS everyone for [being] part of it!”

Known mostly for his ability to protect his teammates, Leblond’s fight ledger is quite the laundry list of scuffles. While fighting 29 times during the QMJHL back in 2003-04 and another 28 times the following year, he fought 13 times in the AHL and 13 times in the UHL during 2005-06. His final fight atop the highest level came in 2014-15; he previously registered three NHL fights in 2008-09 and one more in 2010-11.

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